Krause Basin Collaboration
Page Updated: 9 May 2022
Located on the Swan Lake Ranger District in the foothills of the Swan Mountains close to the community of Bigfork, Montana, the Krause Basin area adjoins state and private land downhill to the east.
The area provides both motorized and nonmotorized opportunities such as biking, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and off-highway vehicle use. In response to objections on the 2018 Flathead National Forest Management Plan, the Forest committed to starting a collaborative effort within 3 years of the Record of Decision. This collaborative group is requested to come together in assisting the Forest in developing a management strategy for the Krause Basin area.
This is an exciting opportunity for those who care about Krause Basin to come together and collaborate with the Forest Service on a management strategy for the Krause Basin Area.
Agenda & Join Information
Post-Meeting Notes and Recording
April 13, 2022, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Meeting will be help in-person at Flathead Valley Community College (map) or online on Microsoft Teams
Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 16, 2021, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
A meeting recording is not available due to technical difficulties. No meeting notes were taken due to the kick-off meeting’s introductory nature.
- Krause Basin Vicinity Map (jpg)
- Project Overview Map (jpg)
- Focus Area with GPS Trails and Structures (jpg)
- Focus Area with Trails on Imagery, North (jpg)
- Focus Area with Trails on Imagery, South (jpg)
Background Information and Reference Materials
Regulatory Documents Guiding Implementation of Krause Basin Recreation Management Strategy
Current Krause Basin Management Direction
Flathead National Forest Planning Documents
- 2014 Assessment of the Flathead National Forest
- 2018 Flathead National Forest Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision for the Land Management Plan
- 2018 Flathead National Forest – Forest Plan
- Updated Forest Plan Biological Opinion - Coming Soon
Forest Service Recreation and Trails Handbooks and Manuals
The links below open Word documents. All Handbooks and Manuals can be found at our Forest Service Directives page.
- Forest Service Manual 2300 - Recreation, Wilderness, and Related Resource Management
- Forest Service Handbook 2309
Forest Service Trails, Signs and Posters Guidelines
- 2007 USFS Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook (pdf)
- Forest Service Sign and Poster Guidelines, EM7100-15, 2013 (pdf, 681 page document)
- Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines
Cory Davis - Facilitator. Cory currently works as a Science Communication Specialist for the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network, which helps share information between fire researchers and fire managers in the Northern Rockies. He has been a Research Associate in University of Montana’s Franke College of Forestry and Conservation since 2011. For ten years, he was the Coordinator for the Southwestern Crown Collaborative working under the USDA’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. He has worked in natural resources his entire career, including as a Biologist at Glacier National Park, and studied birds throughout the western US for many years. Cory has lived in the Flathead Valley since 2003 and is the current President of the Flathead Audubon Society.
Shelli Mavor - Planning Team Leader and District point of contact for Krause Basin Collaboration, Flathead National Forest